March is National Women’s History Month
Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
The 2013 National Women’s History Month theme, Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination, honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the STEM fields.
Engineers, scientists, mathematicians and technologists are largely responsible for the advances that make modern life possible, and it's unfortunate that women remain largely underrepresented in STEM professions and academic programs. However, they may be underrepresented, but that doesn't mean that they haven't left their mark in history.
Did you know that women who work in STEM fields earn on average 33 percent more than their counterparts in other fields? We can attribute a remarkable range of accomplishments and a wide variety of specialties including medicine, robotics, computer programming, atmospheric chemistry, architecture and primatology all to women over the past century. I think that’s something we should not only be proud of, but something to talk we all should be talking more about!
Even First Lady, Michelle Obama, has spoken about the importance of women and girls in STEM education:
“If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”
With that being said, it's important to consider ways you can promote and encourage your kids to learn more about STEM. Some places to look could include the local library, museums, local colleges, summer camps, after-school clubs, or something as simple as a professional website. You’re likely to discover something you didn’t know, and ignite a spark in their curiosity.